Professor of Environmental Policy at London School of Economics. An environmental economist by training, his research interests cover a number of aspects of environmental policy and appraisal. In particular, Giles has published extensively on the subject of sustainable development. Much of this research has examined how policy-makers might construct better measures of economic progress through ‘green accounting’, particularly comprehensive measures of (genuine) saving. An additional component of his research is the application of cost-benefit analysis particularly stated preference methods to appraise environmental (and related) policies as well as using these methods to examine the importance that the public attaches to different notions of environmental equity. Giles is currently a member of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Environmental Economics Academic Panel, Honorary Fellow at CSERGE, University of East Anglia and a member of the advisory board of the Green Indian States Trust (GIST)..
Justin is on the board of directors of Alliance Trust’s private equity subsidiary. He manages the impact, private equity, and mineral rights portfolios at Alliance Trust, having joined the group in 2010. Justin also leads the stewardship programme, having previously co-managed the Japan fund and worked on the Asian and North American quoted equities desks.
Prior to Alliance Trust, Justin worked at the activist investing boutique Principle Capital. He qualified and practised as a corporate lawyer with the international law firm Ashurst, including a secondment to the Financial Services Authority. Justin graduated with distinction from the College of Law in 2002 after graduating with an MA in Oriental Studies (Japanese) from Cambridge University (St John’s College).
Natasha spent ten years leading the work of three estuary partnerships in south-west England (Severn, Exe, Teign estuaries) co-ordinating local government, business and communities to support sustainable management. She was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to research estuaries with the highest tidal ranges in the world and their potential for renewable energy, tourism and sustainable development. Natasha has undertaken consultancy work for the UK government and World Bank on coastal management and public interpretation projects in the Black Sea countries. She spent the early part of her career specialising in environmental impact assessments of river and coastal engineering projects.
She is a Council Member for The European Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) and currently serves as a Marine Management Organisation appointee on the Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority.
Martin Ballard is an environmental sustainability professional and performance improvement leader in built environment construction, maintenance and asset management. He has experience of delivering on waste, water, and carbon reduction, as well as strategic stakeholder and supply chain engagement, for example on biodiversity, surface water and sustainable urban drainage. As Group Environment Manager, he leads Willmott Dixon’s environment team on legal assurance, environmental protection and promotion of environmental improvements, assisting the business with best practice to perform to company targets. Martin began his career in pollution prevention and inspectorate roles with the National Rivers Authority and Environment Agency, before joining Anglian Water where he held operational, asset investment and supply chain performance roles. Environmental improvement and sustainability enhancement has been core to his career across the utility and built environment. He is a Charted Environmentalist and Chartered Manager.
Richard Brazier is Professor of Earth Surface Processes in the Department of Geography at the University of Exeter. He has written more than 100 scientific papers, 20 book chapters and 10 reports to Defra/UK Govt over the last 14 years. Richard is an expert on hydrology, soil erosion, water quality and diffuse pollution from agricultural land. He has recently pioneered the field of landscape restoration science to understand how land management, restoration or landscape recreation can provide multiple environmental and economic benefits to society. His research takes an holistic approach, utilising field data collection, laboratory analysis, remote sensing and numerical modelling techniques, to evaluate the ways in which water and soil resources can be better managed. Richard currently runs a number of landscape restoration monitoring experiments as part of the DWT-funded Devon Beaver Project and Culm grassland proof-of-concept projects; The SWW/NERC/TSB-funded Mires-on-the-Moors project and the Defra-funded Pilot Scheme to establish a National Soil Erosion monitoring framework.
Head of Sustainability at South West Water.
Emeritus Professor Allan Buckwell joined IEEP as a half-time Senior Fellow in January 2012. Two thirds of his career has been as an academic agricultural economist specialising in agricultural and rural policy. This involved fourteen years at Newcastle University and then from 1984-1999 as Professor of Agricultural Economics, Wye College University of London (which was merged into Imperial College). During this period he specialised on teaching and research into all aspects of European rural policy dealing especially with the Common Agricultural Policy, trade issues, and technology and structural change in farming and its impacts.
During 1995/6 he was seconded to the analysis and conception unit of DG Agri in the European Commission where he chaired a policy integration group who laid out a model for the evolution of the CAP. He joined the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) as Policy Director in 2000.
Since then he has been involved in debates on how to balance the CAP as a policy for Food and Environmental Security. He chaired and authored a report on Public Goods from Private Land and worked a good deal on Climate Change, the threats and opportunities this poses to rural land managers and Green House Gas accounting from land-based businesses.
Jamie Butterworth is the outgoing Chief Executive of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an organisation with the mission of accelerating the transition towards the circular economy. Jamie has worked together with Ellen MacArthur for over six years to setup, launch and develop the Foundation but is now stepping down in order to establish a new venture that will be complementary to the Foundation’s work. Before working with Ellen and the team at the Foundation, Jamie managed a global sales and distribution network for B&G, a leading UK SME focussing on building the world’s best marine electronics. Jamie’s interests include sailing, running and he is a visiting Business Fellow of the Oxford University Smith School.
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Sarah Jane Chimbwandira manages the Biodiversity, Evidence & Policy department for the Surrey Wildlife Trust which encompasses the delivery of the planning advisory service, ecological consultancy, Surrey Biodiversity Information centre and Living Landscapes team. More latterly her role has focussed on the development of Surrey Nature Partnership which is implementing two key partnership projects this year on Biodiversity Offsetting and Valuing Surrey. Sarah Jane has a first degree in Zoology and a Masters degree in Environmental Management. Following two years as a VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in Malawi as a secondary school science teacher and her Masters, she began work with Surrey County Council in the Countryside Service over a number of years working at a range of locations including Newlands Corner Visitor Centre and the Semaphore Tower at Ockham. After several years working with SCC she transferred to Surrey Wildlife Trust following the ground-breaking agreement between SCC and SWT for management of the SCC Countryside Estate. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (currently serving on the Advisory Forum) as well as a Chartered Environmentalist. She is also a trustee of the Surrey Hills Society.
Andrew Church is Professor of Human Geography and Director of Research for Social Sciences at the University of Brighton. His research is in the field of geography and culture-nature relations. Andrew was a coordinating lead author for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment chapter on ‘Cultural Ecosystem Services’ and Principal Investigator for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow On Research into indicators for cultural ecosystem services. He is currently working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities major project on Hydrocitizenship.
Dr Andrew Clark joined NFU in January 1993. He is the NFU’s Director of Policy managing the NFU’s multi-disciplinary commodity, policy, legal and food chain teams. Prior to his appointment in March 2005, he was the NFU’s Chief Environment Adviser with special interest in wildlife, public access and rural development policy. Andrew previously worked for Hertfordshire County Council as Landscape Officer and ran its conservation grant programme. Andrew lives in Worcestershire where he grew up on a hop and fruit farm and is a Chartered Landscape Architect.
Dr Peter Costigan is an independent consultant. He has a first degree in Biology and a PhD in land reclamation. Following 12 years of research on soil and crop science in the public and private sector, Peter joined the UK Ministry of Agriculture in 1991 and managed the Ministry’s Agri-Environment science for 12 years. In 2003 Peter moved to the Environment and Rural policy group in Defra where he oversaw Defra’s evidence on a wide range of environmental issues, and was Head of the Natural Environment Science Division and the Science Co-ordinator for the environment. He was particularly involved in developing the evidence base to support the Ecosystem Approach. He represented Defra on the Client Group of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, and was Chair of the UK Biodiversity Research Advisory Group. He was also a member of NERC’s National Capability Advisory Group. Since retiring from Defra in 2012, Peter has been a member of Panel B of HEFCE’s Research Excellence Framework, has chaired the Impact Panel for the Evaluation of NERC Centres and is an Associate Editor of Soil Use and Management.
Dr Gemma Cranston is a Programme Manager at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Gemma works within the Natural Capital Leaders Platform, which brings together influential companies with a global reach to work on addressing the impacts of natural capital loss and degradation on business, their customers and wider society. She is leading projects focusing upon externality valuation and water risk. Gemma’s valuation work has culminated in a suite of resources, including practical guidance around how to undertake an evaluation of the un-costed environmental impacts from business. This resulted in an online Tool and Game, the first of its kind, that guides users through the evaluation process for environmental externalities. Prior to CISL, Gemma was the Lead Scientist at Global Footprint Network leading projects out of the Geneva office as well as supporting the organisation’s Research and Standards Department by contributing to research on the Ecological Footprint methodology and applications. Gemma has co-authored and shaped a variety of innovative projects, including ‘E.Valu.A.Te’: the Externality Valuation Assessment Tool and its online Game
; the ‘E-RISC’ project on the inclusion of environmental risk in sovereign bond assessment; ‘Innovation through Collaboration’ on water stewardship; and the WWF 2012 Living Planet Report. Gemma completed her Ph.D. focusing upon Ecological Footprints in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, UK. She also holds a Masters of Aerospace Engineering from the same institution.
Nick Dales works in the Evidence Team at Natural England advising the organisation on how to develop its evidence base to deliver greater environmental, social and economic impact. His interest in Natural Capital was developed through his work on Green Infrastructure in the North East of England where he was involved in the delivery of a number of projects and development of Green Infrastructure strategies. He also managed the region’s evidence team and was principle author behind the State of the Natural Environment Report (North East) in 2009. On joining the Evidence Team in 2010 Nick led a two year project which ended in development of Natural England’s Spatial Targeting Toolkit. The use of spatial data and an increasing interest in the use of environmental evidence for socio-economic benefits led him to involvement with Natural England’s work on the Ecosystem Approach. He will shortly publish a research report titled, ‘Assessing the potential for mapping ecosystem services in England based on existing habitats’ which will describe how Natural England approached the development of ‘simple’ ecosystem service maps. Current projects include further development of Ecosystem Service mapping, an internal research project on the impact of evidence and a collaborative project with other government departments on mapping the accessible natural environment.
Glyn Davies spent the early part of his career (1970s and 1980s) as a scientist in Malaysia, India and Sierra Leone, specialising in forest ecology research, and natural conservation strategies; producing technical reports and academic papers / books. He went on to work for the British Government (DFID) in Kenya and Cameroon, and after a secondment to the European Commission in Brussels, he joined the Zoological Society of London as Director of Conservation Programmes in 2001.
Glyn is now Director of Programmes at WWF-UK, where he has a remit to work with the WWF Global Network to support achieving our mission: for a world where humans live in harmony with nature.
As director, Nick Dearden manages the staff team and resources on behalf of WDM’s members. He is also the public face of the organisation. Nick started his career at War on Want where he became a senior campaigner. He went on to be corporates campaign manager at Amnesty International UK. As director of the Jubilee Debt Campaign, he built strong relationships with campaigners in the global south. He helped win a new law to stop Vulture Funds from using UK courts to squeeze huge debt payments out of poor countries.
Ian Dickie joined eftec in November 2007, where he is now a Technical Director. He also is a Director of the Aldersgate Group, for whom he leads work on biodiversity and ecosystem services. His interests include biodiversity and natural resources policy, and the management of natural capital; he was principal investigator for the UKNEA follow-on project’s work package on a natural capital asset check, and has worked on natural capital for the Natural Capital Committee, Natural Capital Coalition and Defra. He has also managed studies on habitat banking and biodiversity finance for the European Commission; and worked on marine site designations and policies, forestry, wildlife trade and invasive species. Previously Ian was head of economics for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, whom he joined in April 2000. Ian managed a team providing economic advice and analysis to support all aspects of the Society’s conservation efforts. He co-authored several RSPB reports on the impacts of nature conservation on local economies and wellbeing.
Dr Felix Eigenbrod a spatial ecologist broadly interested in understanding how human-induced land use changes affect ecosystem services and biodiversity. He is particularly interested in quantifying the often complex interactions between biodiversity, society and ecosystem services, and at identifying the spatial and temporal scales at which tradeoffs and interactions occur.
Will is an Assistant Director and environmental economist in PwC’s sustainability and climate change team specialising in advice around green economic growth, ecosystem policy and non-market valuation of the environment. He is an advisor to several high profile international conservation projects and also works with a number of leading corporates on building ecosystem value into business decision making. Will was PwC’s technical lead in the development of PUMA’s ‘environmental profit and loss account’ (E P&L) – which estimated and valued the environmental externalities caused by PUMA and its entire supply chain. He is now leading efforts to further develop and refine the E P&L methodologies and is applying them with a range of companies.Will was a lead author and chapter editor for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Report for Business and Enterprise (TEEB D3) and an advisor and co-author of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (WBCSD CEV). He sits on the advisory committees of the Valuing Nature Network, the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership ‘Collaboratory on Water’ and the WBCSD’s Ecosystem Working Group and has previously been an advisor on corporate biodiversity strategy to the World Economic Forum and WWF.
Dr Rob Fish is social scientist and human geographer by training with research interests in the cultural and environmental aspects of sustainable land management. His work is distinguished by its interdisciplinary and collaborative nature, as well as by direct intervention in the policy process. Rob developed the conceptual rationale and framework for the National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on work on Cultural Ecosystem Services. Rob currently researches and teaches in the Politics Department, University of Exeter.
Tara Garnett is based at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, is a fellow of the Oxford Martin School and runs the Food Climate Research Network. She has worked on food issues for over 20 years, first in the NGO community and, since 2005 within the academic sector. As such she is concerned not only with the production of knowledge but on how it is communicated to and interpreted by policy makers, civil society organisations and industry.Her work centres on the food system’s contribution to climate changing emissions and on the options for reducing them. A particular focus is the relationship between emissions reduction objectives and other social and ethical concerns, notably human health, food security and nutrition, livelihoods, and animal welfare. Tara set up the Food Climate Research Network in 2005. Since then, membership has increased to over 2600 individuals who share a common interest in food system sustainability, spanning diverse disciplines and sectors and drawn from over 70 countries worldwide. The FCRN provides accessible, policy relevant and integrative knowledge on food systems, and a safe neutral space for diverse stakeholders to engage in the contested food arena – through its membership, its very well used website, and via the workshops it runs.
Prof Hilary Graham is a social scientist and public health researcher. She was awarded a CBE for services to social science in 2014. Hilary was Director of the Health Variations Programme (1996-2001), funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Director of the Public Health Research Consortium (2005-11), funded by England’s Department of Health. She is a member of a range of research and policy committees. Her research has focused on health behaviours – on the lifestyle factors like smoking, poor diet and physical inactivity that damage people’s health. She is also leading an ESRC project which is seeking to build links between promoting people’s health and protecting the ecosystems on which human life depends. For information on the Health of Populations and Ecosystems (HOPE) project, see www.planethope.org.uk
Nick Grayson holds the post of Climate Change and Sustainability Manager for Birmingham City Council. This is a citywide sustainability role whilst leading on green infrastructure, climate change adaptation, Biophilic cities network and natural capital. With over 30 years experience at Europe’s largest municipality, having gained post graduate qualifications in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Public Service and Policy. Nick was the lead author for the Birmingham Green Living Spaces Plan (2013), currently working on the Natural Capital Planning Tool and a 25 year Natural Capital Plan for the city.
Nick has had European experience through the EU-Project URGE, EU-Cities Adapt; nationally supported the National Ecosystems Assessment Follow On project; and sits on UK MAB Urban Forum, Forest and Woodlands Advisory Committee – West Midlands; national Urban FWAC Network; Liveable Cities (EPSRC) research project; and the global -Biophilic Cities Network Steering Group.
Rosie chairs the Natural Capital Initiative steering group and is a Science Director for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. She was involved in some of the first experiments on genetically modified plants in natural habitats, and is currently developing risk assessment protocols centred on population modelling. Rosie has worked at the interface between science and policy as a member of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment which advises UK government on scientific matters relating to genetically modified plants and non-native plants and animals, and a member of the Environment Working group for the European Food Safety Authority. She is a Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford, a research associate of Oxford University and a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University. She was awarded an MBE for services to environmental research in June 2000. In 2012, Professor Hails was appointed as one of five members of the independent Natural Capital Committee
by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman. The Committee will help Government to ensure that both the value of England’s natural capital and its potential to support growth are fully taken into account in decision-making.
Economic Advisor – Natural Capital Committee and Secretariat at Defra.
Professor of Environmental Technology, Cranfield University. Professor Jim Harris’ research is focused on microbial ecology and how the diversity of the microbiota and their spatio-temporal distribution affect ecosystem processes. He has applied this particularly in studying soil forming processes in disturbed landscapes and their role in organic matter dynamics; in the assessment and treatment of wastes such as landfill leachate and other wastewaters; restoration ecology and in the quantitative assessment of ecosystem goods and services.
Ulrike joined DEFRA on 2 January 2012 as Director for Analysis and Chief Economist. Before she was a Senior Economist in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. She worked in the centre of BIS with the Chief Economist on appraisal and evaluation methodologies, socio-economic research and risk and performance measurement. Her team included BIS’s Operational Research Unit. Other previous posts in Government include Deputy Director in DECC including responsibility for the analysis of the Renewable energy strategy, Carbon Capture and Storage and the EU ETS. In this capacity Ulrike led the DECC energy model and a large part of the statistics group. Ulrike has also been the Chief Economist at the HSE, worked in the Cabinet Office on Better Regulation and has been an Economic Advisor on Labour Market regulation in DTI. Ulrike holds a PhD in International Economics from the University of Sussex, and MA in European Studies from the Central European University in Prague, and MA in Economics from the University of Sussex.
Bruce is currently the Knowledge Exchange Co-ordinator for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. He also co-ordinates the Ecosystem’s Knowledge Network. He is skilled at assembling the diverse expertise available in different types of organisation to address contemporary challenges related to the natural environment. While his primary role is knowledge exchange, Bruce also undertakes research into the effectiveness of arguments used in support of the conservation or restoration of biodiversity. Prior to his present position, Bruce worked for the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (University of Oxford) as a project manager. He originally trained to be a landscape architect. His interdisciplinary outlook led him to complete an MSc in environmental technology and a PhD in biogeochemistry, both from Imperial College London.
Sarah’s interest in Natural Capital stems from her varied career, which has spanned ecological conservation, the third sector, scientific research, banking regulation and internal audit. Sarah’s first degree was in environmental science at UEA which sowed the seeds for working in the Norfolk countryside on practical conservation of ancient woodlands, lowland heath and wetlands. Her MSc in environmental forestry at Bangor further developed these interests and led to her setting up a community agroforestry project where volunteers worked together to create a, now well established, example of a forest garden and provided experiences for many socially excluded groups.
A decade of science followed, including a PhD in soil microbial ecology/biogeochemistry at Bangor and post-doctoral research at Rothamsted Research with many national & international collaborations. Sarah left the laboratory to pursue a unique opportunity at the British Library where she developed and implemented a strategy to respond to the changing scientific information landscape.
The next radical career change came in taking the fascinating opportunity in 2010 to join the Financial Services Authority (later to become the Prudential Regulation Authority) as a Banking Supervisor. Now at the Bank of England, Sarah applies her varied analytical skills to internal audit. Her experience of environmental science alongside finance and business provides a unique perspective on the Natural Capital agenda.
Dr Simon Kerley joined NERC in June 2013 as the Head of Discipline for Terrestrial Sciences. Areas of the science remit he covers include soils, biodiversity, informatics and synthetic biology. He has oversight of programmes including: Valuing Nature Programme, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Sustainability, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation, Soil Security, Tree Health, Human Modified Tropical Forests, Insect Pollinators Initiative, taxonomy and systematics. He is also a link to multi-partner initiatives including Global Food Security, BiodivERsA, and the Agric JPI.
Previously Simon worked for BBSRC in the agri-food areas and then underpinning health areas, and prior to that he was a research scientist in the soil rhizosphere/plant physiology area at Rothamsted, North Wyke and Sheffield.
Anthony Kessel is a public health physician and medical ethicist. His current position is Director of International Public Health and the Responsible Officer for Public Health England (PHE), and Honorary Professor and Co-ordinator of the International Programme for Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights (IPEPH) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). At PHE Anthony’s responsibilities include oversight of international public health, antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections, field epidemiology training programme and medical and scientific trainees, as well as professional appraisal and performance of doctors. Previously Anthony has been Director of Public Health Strategy at the Health Protection Agency, Director of Public Health at Camden Primary Care Trust in London, and also a general practitioner.
Jawed Khan is an Economist at the ONS and a member of the Government Economic Service for more than five years. In his current role he is leading the ONS work on measuring and valuing natural capital as part of the Measuring National Well-being programme. Jawed initiated the ONS work on natural capital which aims to meet the commitments made in the White Paper of including natural capital into UK Environmental Accounts by 2020. Jawed was also a member of the UN System of Environmental Economic Accounting – Experimental ecosystem accounting – editorial board, which drafted the international guidelines of developing ecosystem accounts.
As part of the Measuring National Well-being Programme, Jawed has also developed a framework for measuring UK Economic Well-being and set out a framework for measuring UK Sustainable development based on comprehensive wealth accounts.
Sari Kovats is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Social & Environmental Health Research, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the leading research institution on public health in the UK. Sari has a PhD in environmental epidemiology and her research interests are primarily on methods to assess the health impacts of weather, climate and climate change. She has worked on a range of (observational) studies on climate/weather to quantify their impacts on health, and developed frameworks for the assessment of future climate change impacts on human health. She is Director of the new NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Environmental Change and Health, a multi-disciplinary five-year research programme, in partnership with Public Health England. Sari was Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 23 on Europe in the Fifth Assessment Report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (2014). She has also co-authored several key scientific assessments on climate change and health at national and regional levels.
Professor Georgina Mace is Head of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research at University College London. Her research interests are in the assessment of extinction risk and measuring the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and change. She led the process to develop, test and document criteria for listing species on IUCN’s Red List of threatened species, and subsequently worked on the biodiversity elements of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the technical development of measures for the CBD 2010 target. She recently contributed to the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and the IPCC 2014, and is a member of the Government’s Natural Capital Committee. She was awarded a CBE in 2007, elected FRS in 2002, and was the 2007 winner of the international Cosmos prize. She has been President of the British Ecological Society (2011-2013), President of the Society for Conservation Biology (2007-2009) and Chair of the international programme on biodiversity science DIVERSITAS (2012-2014).
Stephanie Maier is responsible for the Corporate Responsibility programme at Aviva Investors. She undertakes engagement on environmental, social and governance (‘ESG’) issues and leads on the corporate responsibility element of Aviva Investors Corporate Governance and Corporate Responsibility Voting policy. Previously Head of Research at EIRIS, where she headed up a team of over 30 researchers and six international research partners providing research on ESG performance of developed and emerging market companies. Prior to EIRIS she was at corporate governance consultancy PIRC. Stephanie holds a BA (Hons) in Biological Sciences from Oxford University and an MSc (Distinction) in Environmental Technology from Imperial College. She also holds the Investment Management Certificate (‘IMC’). In September 2013, Stephanie was elected to the Board of Directors of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association.
Alistair was formerly Director of the Eden Rivers Trust in Cumbria before transferring to The Rivers Trust in 2006. He is a biologist with particular experience in river restoration and is passionate about the protection of water quality and resources and the management of water in the UK . He is also experienced at putting together project funding applications with specific knowledge of the Single Regeneration Budget, Heritage Lottery Fund, Landfill Tax, Sustainability Funds, the England Rural Development Programme, Regional Development Agency funding and the EU Interreg programmes.
Professor Edward Maltby is Emeritus Professor of Wetland Science, Water and Ecosystem Management, University of Liverpool. He has over 40 years experience in scientific research with skills in multidisciplinary/international working and the linkage of natural science to social sciences and policy innovation with particular reference to the functioning of water and wetland ecosystems. He competently distils and translates complex science into assessment and decision-support tools especially for wetland ecosystem services. He has provide technical advice and advocacy at the Conferences of Parties and technical working groups of The Convention on Biological Diversity, The Ramsar Convention and other policy and legislative fora at international, supranational and national levels. Professor Maltby played a key role in the development and implementation of the Ecosystem Approach(CBD/IUCN),the Wise Use concept (Ramsar) and horizontal guidance for wetlands under the EU Water Framework Directive.
Dr. Maxwell has been working in sustainability with businesses, government and NGOs for 24 years in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific. She has a PhD in Environmental Science and MSc in Environmental Economics & Law and specialises in sustainability in business. She has worked with Accenture and Willis risk management, was Director of the Irish government Sustainable Business Programme and an environmental policy maker with the European Commission and UNEP. Since 2006, she is the Founding Director of Global View Sustainability Services (GVSS) consultancy whose clients include Walmart, Nike, Defra and EC. She has been Special Advisor to The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit (2010-12) and DEFRA’s Sustainable Products/Green Economy programmes (2006-10). She was Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition (2012-14) and author of their 2014 Valuing Nature in Business: Towards a Harmonized Framework & Taking Stock. She is a visiting lecturer on sustainable business at the Imperial College London MSc in Environmental Science and RSA Fellow.
Dr Tom Oliver’s research focuses on analysis of large spatial and temporal datasets to inform macro-ecological theory and applied landscape management. He is also interested in bridging the gap between theory and application, by providing tools to help decision makers and integrating biodiversity conservation into mainstream economics. Specific research topics include a) understanding how biodiversity underpins the resilience of ecosystem functions and services, b) Impacts of climate and land use change on biodiversity (including extreme events), c) conservation ecology (functional connectivity, design of landscape scale initiatives, butterfly population dynamics).
Professor O’Riordan is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. He received an OBE in 2010, is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk, served as Sheriff of Norwich (2009-10), and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He holds an MA in Geography from the University of Edinburgh, an MS in Water Resources Engineering from Cornell University, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge. He has edited a number of key books on the institutional aspects of global environmental change, policy and practice, led two international research projects on the transition to sustainability in the European Union (1995-2002) and edited two editions of the text book, Environmental Science for Environmental Management. Professor O’Riordan is European Advisor to the UK Sustainable Development Commission and a member of Sustainability East, the East of England Sustainable Development Round Table. His research deals with the themes associated with better governance for sustainability. He is also active in the evolution of sustainability science partnerships. His direct work relates to designing future coastlines in East Anglia in England so that they are ready for sea level rise and the creation of sound economies and societies for a sustainable future. He is a core member of the Prince of Wales’ seminar on Business and the Environment. He has many contacts with the business world. He is an assessor for the Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability project. He sits on the Corporate Responsibility Body for Asda plc, and also on the Growth and Climate Change Panel for Anglian Water Group. Professor O’Riordan is also Executive Editor of Environment Magazine. His other research interests cover interdisciplinary approaches to pursuing the transition to sustainability, risk perception and communication, business and social virtue. Tim O’Riordan plays classical double bass in a Norwich orchestra, which he has chaired for over 25 years.
Ece started her career as an environmental economist in 1992 when she set up eftec (Economics for the Environment Consultancy). Since then, she worked on about 400 projects, majority of which she managed or directed, including several large scale infrastructure and policy studies for public and private sector and NGO clients. She specialises in interpreting economic value evidence for natural capital, ecosystem services, cultural heritage, charitable sector, information and education. She has co-edited or co-authored 11 books and contributed to several articles and conference papers. She is a Steering Group Member for the Natural Capital Initiative and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy. Ece is also a founding member of the UK Network of Environmental Economists.
Dr David Pencheon is a UK trained doctor and is currently Director of the Sustainable Development Unit [SDU] for NHS England and Public Health England. David Pencheon was previously Director of a Public Health Observatory in Cambridge from 2001 to 2007. He has worked as a clinical doctor in the NHS, a joint Director of Public Health, a Public Health Training Programme Director in the East of England, with the NHS R&D programme, and in China in the early 1990s with Save the Children Fund (UK).
Jo Pike is Co-Founder and Project Director for the World Forum on Natural Capital, the first major global conference on natural capital, which brought 500 together business leaders, environmental experts and government representatives from 35 countries to Edinburgh in 2013 to help turn the debate into action. The event was organised by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, where Jo is Deputy Chief Executive, in association with the United Nations Environment Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Natural Capital Coalition and The Wildlife Trusts. The next World Forum will take place in Edinburgh in November 2015. Jo is on the Steering Group for the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital, a new initiative bringing together stakeholders from the public, private and voluntary sectors to protect and rebuild Scotland’s natural capital. Her background is in communications, strategy development and stakeholder engagement across a wide range of voluntary sector organisations. Jo is also a board member of Turning Point Scotland, a large social care charity.
Inder Poonaji is currently the Head of Sustainability for Nestlé UK & Ireland leading the company’s work in the area of creating shared value in the field of Sustainability. He has worked internationally for several years pioneering sustainability and change management strategies, creating holistic programmes that integrate the organisation, stakeholders and systems in reducing environment and social impact. He successfully implemented Safety and Environment ISO standards for over 100 factories worldwide. He is currently leading a holistic strategy for sustainable manufacturing along the supply chain from source to consumers, notable success have included – zero waste to landfill, reduction in energy, water and in creating butterfly meadows.
Drew Purves is head of the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science group (CEES) part of the Computational Science Lab at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK. The goal of CEES is to develop predictive models of the ecological systems that comprise the Earth System, by inventing and applying new models and new scientific software tools. In addition to his role at Microsoft Research, Drew lectures at Cambridge University and is Treasurer of the British Ecological Society. In 2014 Drew was named by Fortune Magazine as a ‘Big Data All Star’.
Richard Spencer is Head of Sustainability at ICAEW. He joined ICAEW in 2005 in order to set up the sustainability practice within the Technical Strategy department. During this time Richard has led on the ICAEW’s thought leadership and engagement programme in sustainability. He is a co-convenor of the Finance Innovation Lab that last year was named by the Observer and NESTA as one of the Top 50 of Britain’s New Radicals. He has also led on setting up the Natural Capital Coalition. Before joining ICAEW Richard worked as a strategy consultant in the Natural Resources division of Accenture. Prior to that he held a number of roles at N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd in the bank’s treasury and natural resources project finance teams. Richard began his career at the Bank of England. Richard holds degrees from the universities of Leeds and London. He is a member of the FTSE4Good Policy Committee, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board Technical Working Group and is a board member of the Social Return on Investment Network.
Professor William Sutherland holds the Miriam Rothschild Chair in Conservation Biology at the University of Cambridge and is president of the British Ecological Society. He is committed to improving the quality of policy making decisions by a range of approaches including improving the ease of access to evidence and using transparent and rigorous means for interpreting information. His interest in ecosystem services include identifying all the possible interventions for improving or retaining regulating services, collating the evidence on the effectiveness of these interventions and working with policy makers to set agendas for future work.
Dr Camilla Toulmin is Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development based in London. (IIED). An economist by training, she has worked mainly in Africa on agriculture, land, climate and livelihoods. This has combined field research, policy analysis and advocacy. Her work has aimed at understanding how environmental, economic and political change impact on people’s lives, and how policy reform can bring real change on the ground.
Camilla studied Economics at Cambridge and London, before gaining her doctorate in Economics at Oxford. Camilla is fluent in English and French. She is Chair of ICARDA’s Board, a trustee of the Franco-British Council and a number of other boards. She is currently a member of the Royal Society’s Working Group on Resilience
Pieter van der Gaag
Since the start of his career in 1996, Pieter van der Gaag has always put his efforts to achieving sustainable societies that operate in harmony with nature. With a interest in networking and inspiring discussions, he has held senior positions with ANPED, the Northern Alliance for Sustainability; International Union for Conservation of Nature: National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL); and Triodos Investment Management. He was also closely involved with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Recently he established his own independent consultancy Niet Onverschillig (Dutch for Not Indifferent), advising organisations on effective stakeholder involvement. Currently he is appointed to the position of interim Executive Director for the Natural Capital Coalition (NCC), a global multi-stakeholder platform for valuing natural capital in business.
Ruth Waters is Principal Specialist for the Ecosystem Approach and Natural Capital in Natural England. Her role is to work with the science and policy communities to interpret their latest thinking and evidence into practical advice and management tools to use the ecosystem approach on the ground. Previously, she was the overarching project manager for Natural England’s upland ecosystem service pilots, which are a successful example of using the ecosystem approach in practise. Ruth was actively involved in the National Ecosystem Assessment and its follow on. For a number of years, Ruth was a senior conservation officer on the Humber estuary, was a senior specialist in biodiversity leading on the Species Recovery Programme, she worked on invasive species and was the mammal ecologist for the Countryside Council for Wales. Ruth is currently a member of the Panel Advisory Group for NERC’s Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability programme, a member of the LWEC Ecosystem Task Force and a member of UK Biodiversity Science Committee.
Allan Watt is Deputy Director of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology’s Biodiversity Research Programme and a Section Head, covering research on terrestrial and aquatic ecology at CEH Edinburgh. His research covers the development of methods for monitoring biodiversity, assessing the impact of land use change and other drivers of biodiversity loss, quantifying ecosystem services and identifying and managing conflicts between human activities and the conservation of biodiversity. He has been involved in 11 European (EU-funded) projects on biodiversity and currently convenes the ALTER-Net summer schools on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. He previously worked on biodiversity in tropical and temperate forests. He is active in the development of science policy and is currently on the steering committee of the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy.
John Watkins works at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology focusing on environmental informatics and the development of the NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. He has been involved for many years in the management and application of large-scale environmental data to produce national mapping and assessment of natural assets, especially within the UK Countryside Surveys. He has more recently been developing software tools and statistical methods to exploit existing data resources to assess the extent and condition of newly developed natural capital metrics.
Dr Mathew White is an environmental psychologist at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH), part of the University of Exeter Medical School. His most recent research examines the relationship between the environment and subjective well-being and mental health. To address these issues the ECEHH team use as wide a range of research methods as possible including analysis of longitudinal panel data, lab-based experiments, field studies, qualitative interviews and brain imaging techniques. He has a particular interest in understanding the effect of aquatic environments (the coast and inland waterways) on health and well-being.
Prof. Duncan Wingham received a BSc from the University of Leeds in 1979, and a PhD from the University of Bath in 1984, both in physics. He joined University College London in 1986, where he held lecturing posts at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory and the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering. He was appointed as a chair in the Department of Space & Climate Physics in 1996, and was head of the Department of Earth Sciences at UCL from 2005 to 2010.
He was founder and director of the NERC Centre for Polar Observation & Modelling (CPOM) from 2000 to 2005 which, among other things, discovered the widespread mass loss from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its origin in accelerated ocean melting. He was chairman of the Science & Innovation Board of NERC and, since 2000, the lead investigator of the ESA CryoSat and CryoSat-2 satellite missions. Duncan became chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council on 1 January 2012.
Dr Jonathan Winn is an ecologist with a background in nature conservation, ecological survey, and conservation planning. Jonathan holds a PhD in Landscape Scale conservation planning and has worked practically in this area on National Park projects and the Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscape initiative. Jonathan worked with the UK NEA secretariat and contributed to report Chapters and analysis. Jonathan has worked in ecosystem services mapping for several years, with a focus on application in local decision making and county based promotion of the benefits of the natural environment, for use by conservation charities and local authorities
Peter Young is Strategy Director at Jacobs and has 30 years experience in multi-disciplinary environmental management consulting. In his role as Chairman of the Aldersgate Group he is actively involved in promoting the economic benefits of a strongly regulated and technically high quality environmental services sector; Peter drives for consensus amongst the broad membership including major blue chip companies, membership organisations, NGOs and influential individuals from all parts of the political spectrum. He regularly provides advice at ministerial level and has given evidence to House of Commons’ Committees (twice in 2009).
He is founder and Director of CAT Alliance Ltd, a global subsidiary jointly owned with Cowi and Tauw, which has operations in over 50 countries and provides an international resource to compare and deliver best practice. Peter has one of the first degrees ever awarded in Environmental Chemistry, and has worked in the environmental sector throughout his career.
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